The Evangelical Revival

[i] The Evangelical Revival: John Wesley, an Anglican clergyman, described what happened to him one evening in May 1738 when he was listening to someone reading from Luther’s Preface to the Letter to the Ephesians. “My heart became strangely warmed”, he later said, “and I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death”. Wesley became what he called an “altogether Christian”. This was similar to the experience of others whether from church backgrounds or none. Wesley’s followers (“Wesleyans”) eventually broke away from the Church of England to form what later became known as the Methodist church.

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